A Drinking Life: A Memoir

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Little, Brown, Dec 14, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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As a child during the Depression and World War II, Pete Hamill learned early that drinking was an essential part of being a man, inseparable from the rituals of celebration, mourning, friendship, romance, and religion. Only later did he discover its ability to destroy any writer's most valuable tools: clarity, consciousness, memory. In A Drinking Life, Hamill explains how alcohol slowly became a part of his life, and how he ultimately left it behind. Along the way, he summons the mood of an America that is gone forever, with the bittersweet fondness of a lifelong New Yorker.

 

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User Review  - bibliophile_pgh - LibraryThing

I was introduced to this book as a free Friday book on my nook. It detailed the authors life through his drinking and explains how alcohol becomes a reality and an escape for so many. Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

A Drinking Life is an odyssey. It is an autobiographical examination of alcoholism where the drinking escalates slowly, sip by sip, drink by drink. For me, it dragged on in places. Hamill spends two ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
DURING THE
Chapter 1
Chapter 1
TO THE GATES OF EDEN
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About the author (2008)

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. His books include the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life and the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, and North River. His new novel, Tabloid City, will be published in May 2011.

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